Joe Pfeiffer is the Resource Management Practice Leader for KCI. Since joining the firm in 1988 as an environmental scientist, he has actively developed KCI’s ecological restoration practice throughout the eastern seaboard and Midwest. His multi-disciplined background in engineering, planning, ecology and construction has enabled him to integrate ecological restoration into evolving ecological systems with human induced stressors with a focus on natural sustainability as a pillar of the restoration design approach through adaptive management. Joe applied his adaptive management approach to restoration with his development of KCI’s design/build arm called KCI Environmental Technologies and Construction Inc. Since its inception in 1998 to undertake ecological restoration projects, this venture has provided him experience in the implementation and management of ecological systems and has refined his abilities to develop practical, constructible restoration plans which cost effectively achieve the functional objectives.
Joe earned his bachelor’s degree in natural science and his master’s degree in environmental planning from Towson University. He is an avid speaker on KCI’s unique approach to addressing water quality degradation at the 21-square-mile Grand Lake St. Marys, having presented his topic “Engineered ecosystems: A cyborg approach to wetland restoration: The Grand Lake littoral wetland restoration,” at the Wisconsin Wetlands Association 2016 Conference and the American Water Resources Association’s 2014 Annual Water Resources Conference. He is a registered Professional Wetland Scientist.